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Luis Fabini



In Brazil’s inland Sertao, a North-Eastern territory that is distinctly harsh, parched, and rife with thorny caatinga bushes, lives a type of cowboy whose characteristics directly mirror his challenging surroundings: the Vaqueiro. In spite of his taciturn disposition and sinewy appearance, when action is needed, he is intense and intrepid. Vaqueiros are humble and often very poor, but they are also gracious and hospitable, sharing what food and shelter they had with me. Their way of life is rapidly changing, and their natural habitat is shifting with the encroachment of civilization.

Born in Uruguay in 1965, Luis Fabini’s interest in photography was ignited by his father who put a camera in his hands at age seven before the two embarked on a memorable road trip across the Andes. He is a self-taught photographer, who began his professional journey as a trekking guide and a travel photographer in South America. In 2003, Fabini started his current body of work, ‘American Cowboys’, with a personal journey back to his roots in Uruguay that expanded into a profound look at a vanishing culture spanning all the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.  In 2012, his book Gauchos was published, and in late 2015, American Cowboys is to be released by Greystone Publishers, of Canada.


© Luis Fabini